Game 17 - Iowa
Series History - NU leads, 4-0-0
When - Thursday, Oct. 18 (7 p.m.)
Where - UI Soccer Complex
Live Stream - BTN.com
Live Stats - Huskers.com
Game 18 - Illinois
Series History - Ill leads, 3-0-0
When - Sunday, Oct. 21 (Noon)
Where - Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium
Live Stream - None
Live Stats - Huskers.com
Lincoln - With only three games remaining in the 2012 regular season, the Nebraska soccer team (6-9-1, 3-5-0 Big Ten) hits the road for a pair of games at Iowa and at Illinois, before ending the regular season at home with Minnesota on Friday, Oct. 26.
The Huskers will look to improve to 5-0-0 all-time against the Iowa Hawkeyes (11-3-3, 2-3-3 Big Ten) on Thursday, Oct. 18, when NU visits the UI Soccer Complex for a 7 p.m. game. The Hawkeyes started the season with nine straight wins, before dropping their Big Ten opener at Illinois, 2-1. Iowa went a perfect 11-0-0 during non-conference play, but has posted just a 2-3-3 record during league play. The Hawkeyes and Huskers enter Thursday in a three-way tie with Indiana for seventh place in the Big Ten standings.
The game is scheduled to be streamed on BTN.com (subscription required), and live stats will be available at Huskers.com.
After playing its first game of the year on a Thursday, the Huskers head to Champaign, Ill., on Sunday, Oct. 21, for a Noon meeting with the Illinois Fighting Illini (7-6-2, 4-3-1 Big Ten). Nebraska will be looking for its first ever win in the series, as the Illini hold a 3-0-0 record, including a 3-1 win in Lincoln last season.
After winning the Big Ten Tournament last season and finishing second in the regular-season standing, Illinois enters the week tied for fourth in the Big Ten with Minnesota, as each team has posted a 4-3-1 record.
There will be no video stream of Sunday's game, but Huskers.com will have live stats.
With just three games left in the regular season, the Huskers are right in the hunt to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Ind., at the end of the month.
The Huskers enter the week tied for seventh with both Iowa and Indiana, but the Hoosiers have already earned an automatic bid to the tournament as the host school.
Nebraska could drastically improve its standing this weekend with a pair of wins, as Illinois currently sits tied for fourth with Minnesota.
A pair of wins would move the Huskers ahead of Iowa and either ahead or one point behind Illinois, depending on the outcome of the Illini's game with Northwestern on Thursday.
Nebraska sophomore Mayme Conroy enters the week ranked 21st in the country will 11 goals on the season, including her first career hat trick at Wisconsin on Friday, Oct. 5.
Three players are tied for the national lead in goals with 16 each, including Minnesota's Taylor Uhl, Furman's Stephanie DeVita and Geogetown's Daphne Corboz.
In the Big Ten Conference, Conroy is tied for fourth with Penn State's Maya Hayes and Christine Nairn. Ohio State's Tiffany Cameron and Iowa's Cloe Lacasse are tied for second with 12 goals each, while Uhl leads the league.
Young Fire Power
Of the Huskers' 22 goals this season, 20 of the goals have been scored by freshmen or sophomores, including six from NU's freshmen class.
Senior Jordan Jackson and junior Stacy Bartels are the only juniors or seniors to score a goal in 2012.
Sophomore Mayme Conroy leads the team with eight goals after scoring one as a true freshman last season. Freshmen Katie Kraeutner and Jaylyn Odermann, along with sophomore Hannah Dittmar are tied for second on the team with two goals each, while freshman Alex Massey, freshman Caroline Flynn and sophomore Caroline Gray have each scored one goal.
Junior goalie Emma Stevens entered the 2012 season ranked eighth on the Huskers all-time saves list with 110 saves.
The Corona, Calif., native moved to third place this past weekend on the career list with her 163rd save. She moved ahead of Jamie Klages (2005-06), who now sits in fourth on the list with 156 career saves.
Next up on the list is 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Karina LeBlanc, who totaled 206 saves during her four-year career from 1997 to 2000. Erin Miller holds the NU record with 239 career saves.
Earlier this season, Stevens set a personal best with 204:54 minutes of scoreless play in net over a four-game span. The streak started against Baylor on Friday, Aug. 31 and ended during the Northern Colorado game on Sunday, Sept. 16.